(credit: Cru Wine Bar)
Many an evening spent in the Mile High City of Denver are fueled by a shared cocktail and/or meal. With so many outstanding establishments to choose from, it can be tricky to narrow down the top contenders for a quality beverage in a preferred environment. Whether it is a classic glass of wine, a riskier flight of whiskey, a margarita or an intriguing speakeasy you seek, the bars below promise to offer you quality service and beverages catered to your liking.
Williams & Graham
3160 Tejon St.
Denver, CO 80211
If you are looking for an evening that caters to intrigue and serves cocktails the old fashioned way, then look no further than Williams & Graham. As a speakeasy, this bar appears to be a bookstore upon entry but once access is gained to the bar through a bookcase facade, it is styled elegantly and fashioned after an old world watering hole. With a selection of signature drinks that are created seasonally by the house bartenders as well as an extensive list of liquors and mixing options, the menu gives Williams & Graham the ability to serve every taste and preference. The professional and polished ambiance, combined with quality fresh ingredients as well as a dose of mystery, makes Williams & Graham much more of a destination experience and it is hands down one of Denver’s top cocktail bars.
Cru Wine Bar
1442 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
For the wine connoisseur in you, Cru prides itself on being an elegant yet unpretentious wine bar. Dubbed as “casually hip,” Cru offers a selection of 30 wines by the glass and more than 300 bottles from around the world. It’s basic ambition is to serve you a quality product on just about every budget or price point. With two convenient locations in both the heart of downtown, on Larimer Square, as well as in the South Metro area, it is accessible from just about anywhere in the Mile High City.
1514 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
Escape the Lodo scene for a taste of ethnic cuisine and refined signature cocktails featuring fresh local ingredients inspired by traditional regional recipes. Pinche Taqueria is known equally for its modern spin on traditional Mexican street food as well as its tequila and margarita offerings. And even if a margarita isn’t what you are looking for, Pinche’s selection of whiskey, wine and beer will pair well with the locally famous street taco specialties.
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523 E. 17th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Stueben’s is an all-American restaurant/bar that was originally founded in the mid-1940s in Boston. It was brought to Denver by the nephews of its founders and proudly serves regional American comfort cuisine ranging from mac and cheese and meatloaf to fried chicken. In the bar, its extensive cocktail menu covers any and all American classic beverage concoctions as well as a fair variety of its own signature drinks. A generous happy hour daily, paired with a mouth-watering menu of finely crafted food, ensures that a cocktail hour at Steuben’s will delight your palate and send you on your way satisfied with a bar worth writing “home” about.
3301 Tejon St.
Denver, CO 80211
Nestled in the quaint LoHi neighborhood, Jezebel’s proudly brings the best of the South to the Mile High City. Serving up a healthy portion of soul, this restaurant and bar has established itself as a staple for quality food and cocktail offerings. The bar has recently launched its bourbon flights ranging in price for $14-$16, allowing you to sample and select from the finest whiskey on the market. And if bourbon isn’t your thing, Jezebel’s has a full bar allowing you to custom order your own signature cocktail in an environment that is fueled by lively and friendly service.
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